My records show James Wilson Larabee was born July 21, 1872 in Walker, Linn Co., Iowa. His father was Willett Larabee III born in Washington Co., NY in 1825. He moved to La Salle Co., IL in 1853 and moved to Linn Co., IA in 1869. He later moved to Nebraska sometime before 1900.
See census records for Linn Co., IA for 1870 and 1880.
According to the History of Linn County, Iowa,1877, Will (Willett) Larabee was: "Republican in politics, member of the ME Church, he owns 485 acres, is an enterprising and prosperous farmer".
He married Mary A. Dubois in May, 1849. She was born in Saratoga Co., NY in 1831. They had four children: Lafayette, born April 21, 1853, Charles born Jan 9, 1855, Schuyler born Oct 1, 1868, and James Wilson.
His father was Willett Larabee Jr, born in 1798, and his mother was Rachel Winton Larabee.
His family can be traced back to Greenfield Larabee in Connecticut in the 1600's. Willett is a common name traced back to 1705.
James Wool Larabee was a half-brother to Willett Jr, born in 1838, his mother was the second wife of Willett Sr., Mary Wool Larabee. He followed his older brother to La Salle Co. in 1855.